Etihad Rail awards $1.25bn contract

19 December 2019
Joint venture of China's CRCC and the local NPC has won the contract for the civil and construction works in the Northern Emirates

Etihad Rail has formally awarded the joint venture of Beijing-based China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and the local National Projects & Construction (NPC) the AED4.6bn ($1.25bn) package D civil and construction works contract for stage 2 of the UAE’s national railway.

Package D will link the ports of Fujairah and Khorfakkan to the network at the Dubai border with Sharjah, and stretches over a distance of 145 kilometres.

The construction work includes 15 tunnels through the Hajar Mountains with a total length of 16km, as well as 35 bridges and 32 underpasses.

The contract is the latest major award for stage 2 of the UAE rail network. Etihad Rail awarded three civil works packages between March and June this year.

The firm awarded the first civil works package in March to a team comprising China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) and South Korea’s SK Engineering. That contract is worth AED1.5bn.

The contract is for the construction of a 139km rail line in the Al-Dhafra region between Ghuweifat and Ruwais.

In June, the contracts for packages B and C were awarded to a joint venture of CRCC and local contracting firm Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting.

The total contract value for both packages is AED4.4bn.

Package B runs for 216km, while package C runs for 94km. The packages are part of the 605km line from Ghuweifat to the Port of Fujairah.

Last year, Etihad Rail selected US-based Jacobs Engineering for the engineering design contract for stage 2 and future routes of the railway network. It also awarded French engineering consultancy Egis Group the project management consultancy contract for the scheme.

Etihad Rail awarded the AED1.6bn ($436m) systems and integration contract for stage 2 to Hitachi Rail STS earlier this year.

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